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'Rob'bed! Styles stokes fans fury

Useless Rob Styles - the inept Waterlooville ref - was up to usual antics at Vicarage Road on Saturday as the smug Hampshire official turned a potential belter of a Championship clash into the 'Rob Styles` show!

If it wasn`t the quite ludicrous decision to flash a red at John Eustace for what was nothing more than a clumsy late tackle on Richard Cresswell after 25 minutes, then the call to award the Hornets a spot kick early in the second half was simply appalling - John Joe-Toole will never be rewarded so handsomely for such rubbish ball control!

In fact, after match comments by Stoke`s Andy Griffin revealed that Styles had awarded the spot kick for 'hand ball` and not a dubious shove in the back that the Watford faithful had appealed for!!!!

Useless Rob is simply laughable. If he was wanting to give a spot kick for hand ball, he only had to wait a further 25 minutes but then in true 'Useless Rob` fashion he missed the opportunity when Ryan Shawcross 'caught` (yes 'caught`) a Tommy Smith through-ball into the box…of course Styles was miles behind play.

When you have both sets of fans questioning the ref`s parentage after the same decision well you know things aren`t going well for the man in the middle.

But what did we expect. Useless Rob has inflicted a vein of terror on the Vicarage Road side like no other - 2 off in an FA Cup defeat to Everton, double-trouble for Page and Helguson v Blackburn, the dismissals of Glass and Helguson up at the New Den, the removal of Jason Lee from play in a 2-2 thriller with Gillingham…the list just keeps on growing.

129 reds in just 10 seasons. It requires no additional comment.

How UEFA deemed this man good enough to take charge of a European Champions league game involving Juventus (like he did 2 years ago) proves what a state footballs leading body really is in.

Even Graham Poll - who was at Vicarage Road on Saturday to sit through the 0-0 draw with Stoke- saw the funny side in Useless Rob`s performance… and that from a man who`s shown 3 yellow cards to the same player!

God help us all!

The Journalist

Writer: Dr Watford Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday March 17 2008

Time: 9:00AM

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You have my pity the bloke is a nonce.
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17/03/2008 11:36:00

agree he's not up to standard but he seems to get away with it
ozanne park rangers
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20/03/2008 20:37:00


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